Introduction

Anxiety has been on the rise in recent months due to the coronavirus pandemic, especially for people who have existing mental health issues. The laws and regulations surrounding the pandemic have meant a lot of supports that people rely on haven’t been possible to make use of.

This has led to an increase in the need for ways to reduce anxiety using alternative methods. While these methods can be helpful, it all depends on both the individual and how often the method is used.

In this article, we will deep dive into a couple of these tools and see if research and experiences back that these methods to be used to reduce anxiety, stress, and become more creative.

Tools Used to Reduce Anxiety

  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Journaling

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Meditation can be used to reduce stress and anxiety

Meditation

Meditation is one of the more popular ways to reduce anxiety and promote mindfullness. Some people have reported that meditation has made them a more easy-going person.

Mindfullness meditation promotes emotion regulation creating a better overall wellbeing. Mindfullness creates a better wellbeing by fostering greater voluntary control. Allowing for you to control your emotions better than before.

An 8 week study done by the University of Pittsburg, using MRI scans, the brain’s fight or flight centre appears to shrink. This centre, called the amygdala, is the region of the brain associated with fear and emotion. While this area shrinks, the brain uses more of the part of the brain associated with empathy, leading to meditators to becoming more compassionate.

Using Yoga to reduce anxiety

Yoga

Whether you are aiming for flexibility or using breath control to reduce anxiety, yoga has immediate and long term benefits. From improving flexibility and posture to reducing stress.

Yoga can be used to reduce injuries and inflammation. Inflammation was reduced using physical positions, controlled breathing practices, and mindfullness mediation.

This study shows that yoga can be used to slow down the effects of chronic stress. The study also suggests that deep breathing is essential to get the maximum benefits.

More studies are needed to conclusively prove that yoga can help with anxiety but the results are looking very promising.

Using journaling to reduce anxiety

Journaling

Reflective Journaling can help you to be grateful for their good moments and learn from their bad moments. Allowing you to be more deliberate and serious-minded in your everyday life.

Writing has been proven to have a benefit in decreasing anxiety and stress. This decrease in anxiety and stress allows you to sleep better, increasing energy and your mood.

Writing also improves your communication. Allowing you to be more exact and reduce ambiguous sentences which can be misinterpreted.

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Conclusion

In conclusion, yes you can reduce anxiety in 3 months. The methods above have scientific backing to help you. While every single one of them may not work for you. We hope at least one is helpful.